The language of radiology is rich with descriptions of imaging findings, often metaphorical, which have found common usage in the day-to-day practice of genitourinary radiology. These "classic signs" give us confidence in our diagnosis. Some of the signs have become so familiar to us that they are referred to as an "Aunt Minnie." When the sign is invoked, or an Aunt Minnie is recognized, it often brings an impression of the image to mind, and it may have specific diagnostic and pathologic implications. The article uses classic signs accumulated from the literature to review a variety of pathologic conditions in the urinary tract.
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